Global Connections - Volume 2, Issue 2
There is so much activity in the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs that it is difficult to know where to begin. We continue to strengthen our signature programs—the Master of Laws degrees, the program for Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows, and our Summer Institute in New York City. At the same time, we prepare to launch in the coming months our doctoral law program (described in greater detail in the last newsletter) and a new one-week program, Recent Developments in U.S. Law. We are also delighted to announce two new double degree programs with foreign law faculties, as well as a number of other new initiatives that we hope you will find very interesting.
By far the most exciting news at Fordham Law is the appointment by the President of Michael M. Martin, Fordham University Distinguished Professor of Law, as the Dean of the Law School. Mike Martin has served the Law School community since 1972, not only as a professor but also as Associate Dean and, most recently, as Interim Dean. As University President Joseph M. McShane, S.J., stated in announcing this development, "There are many reasons why Mike Martin is the ideal dean for the Law School. He is widely respected within the Law School and University, and in the greater legal community. He has a stellar record of achievement as a scholar and author, and he has already provided the Law School with strong and steady leadership during a period of great transition. We are, therefore, delighted that he has accepted the dean's position.” The entire Law School community is pleased with this development and looks forward to working with Dean Martin during what we are certain will be an enormously successful tenure.
Dean Martin was present at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Law School building, located on a site immediately to the west of our current location on West 62nd Street. A state-of the-art building designed by the renowned architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the new facility is expected to open in Fall 2014. The official groundbreaking ceremony was held on May 2 and featured a number of luminaries, including The Honorable Dennis G. Jacobs, the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. This new building will provide more than double the space currently available to the Law School and will be a most fitting home for our students and visitors. To learn more about the new building, take a virtual tour, and view construction in progress, please visit the New Law School Building webpage.
Thank you for reading Global Connections and for exploring our programs! As always, we look forward to your comments and suggestions.
Toni M. Fine
New Double Degree ProgramsFordham Law's two new double degree programs allow select J.D. students to spend their third year at a Fordham partner institution and, upon successful completion of that year, to receive both the J.D. from Fordham and a master's degree from the partner institution.
The new programs allow Fordham students to receive the Master in International and Comparative European Union Law from Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (LUISS) in Rome, or the Master in International and European Business Law from Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid.
LUISS and Comillas were chosen as partners because of their outstanding reputations and the breadth and depth of their English-language curricular offerings in areas that are at the heart of today’s global economy. These course offerings allow Fordham students to take advantage of these opportunities even if they are not fluent in the language of the host country. As with Paris, we are confident that Madrid and Rome—major European cities with important legal communities—will be enormously popular study locations for our students.
Recent Developments in U.S. LawIn our last edition of Global Connections, we reported on the upcoming launch of Recent Developments in U.S. Law. We are delighted to announce our sponsors for this program:
Sponsors will be hosting lectures or panels in connection with the program, and Gold Sponsors in addition will be providing breakfast, lunch, or a cocktail reception at which participants will have the opportunity to network with each other and with New York–based attorneys. Speakers and panels will present cutting-edge developments in the following areas:
The program will also feature a roundtable discussion with corporate counsel addressing some of the special challenges they face in their work.
We are also pleased to announce that the following organizations have joined Recent Developments as affiliates:
The program is being co-hosted by the Law School’s Corporate Law Center.
Fordham Law Alumni Association European ChapterThe European Chapter of the Fordham Law Alumni Association will convene in Rome on June 17–18. On Friday, June 17, there will be an academic program on topics related to comparative business law. This event will take place at the beautiful Viale Romania campus of LUISS. Speakers will include Fordham Law professors Marc Arkin, Martin Gelter, and Sean Griffith, Professor Barbara De Donno from LUISS, Professor Michele Perrino from the University of Palermo, and lawyers from Clifford Chance, Google, McDermott Will & Emery, and Skadden Arps.
On Saturday, June 18, our hosts in Rome are organizing social events during the day, to be followed by a casual dinner.
For additional information and to register, visit the event page.
International Judicial Research and Training Program ExpandsFordham Law’s International Judicial Research and Training Program expands with two groups of judges and court personnel visiting the Law School this spring: one from Thailand and another from Brazil.
From May 9–13, the delegation from Thailand will learn about issues relating to bankruptcy law. The visit is being organized in coordination with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York and will include a visit to the law firm of Latham & Watkins. The Brazilian delegation will be at Fordham from June 20–24, and is interested in a broad cross-section of issues. They will be hosted at the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery.
We are delighted to welcome the Brazilian and Thai judges to Fordham Law!
Foreign Dignitaries Visit Fordham LawIn recent months, the Law School has welcomed a number of distinguished visitors from around the world. Some of these visitors include the following:
On March 30, His Excellency Grigol Vashadze, Foreign Affairs Minister of Georgia, spoke to Fordham Law students about “Foreign Relations Challenges for the 21st Century: A View from
On April 6, the Law School hosted a program on comparative competition law and enforcement, featuring Pablo Marquez, Head of the Competition Department of the Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio of Colombia, and Diego Faleck, former director of the Brazilian Secretariat of Economic Law of the Ministry of Justice.
On April 26, Justice Salim Joubran discussed with a group of faculty and students his reflections about his tenure as the first Israeli Arab to hold a permanent appointment to the Israeli Supreme Court. During his distinguished career, Justice Joubran served as a private lawyer and a magistrate and district court judge before being elevated to Israel's highest court.
It was an enormous pleasure to receive all of these distinguished guests and to learn from their experiences.
Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs Partners with Fordham Corporate Law CenterThe fruitful partnership between the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs and the Corporate Law Center has resulted in a number of exciting events.
Comparative Corporate Governance Distinguished Lecture Series: This new initiative brought international experts to the Law School to discuss a range of issues related to corporate law from a comparative perspective. To date, the series has welcomed the following three speakers:
Islamic Finance Law: This program featured Fordham LL.M. alum Omar T. Mohammedi, and Monem Salem, Director of Islamic Investing at Saturna Capital. Due to the enormous turnout and enthusiasm for this event, as well as the growing importance of this topic, Fordham Law has decided to add to its curriculum a course on Islamic Finance Law, starting in the Fall 2011 semester.
Raising Capital in the BRIC Countries: This program will be held on May 11 as part of the NYSBA’s International Global Law Week. The panel featured an expert speaking about raising capital in each of the BRIC countries:
Global Financial Symposium: On June 10, the inaugural symposium, "Regulating the Over-the-Counter Derivatives Market," will be held at the Fordham University London Centre on Kensington Square. This program will bring together acclaimed academics as well as key regulators from both the U.S. and Europe.
Comprehensive Career Services for LL.M. Students and AlumniThe Graduate Professional Development Program (GPDP), an initiative of the Office of International and Non-J.D. Programs, was launched in August 2010 to provide comprehensive career services to Fordham LL.M. students and alumni.
A resume is an important marketing tool. For candidates who received their primary legal education in countries outside the United States, conveying information on the resume in a readily understandable way—particularly to a potential employer not familiar with the practices of the candidate's home country—is essential. Just as you would groom yourself before meeting someone for a job interview (i.e., combing your hair, choosing the proper outfit), it is important to "groom" your resume.
The GPDP has introduced the following services and programs to assist in the writing and polishing of student resumes:
In April, GPDP launched an Intensive Resume Writing Workshop series. In this workshop, students bring laptop computers and work together to perfect their draft resumes, paying special attention to formatting, consistency, word efficiency, and clarity.
In addition to resume preparation, GPDP sponsors numerous programs to help students conduct effective job searches. These programs include a Job Search Strategy Panel, a Mock Interview Program, and a Practice Spotlight panel discussion featuring practitioners at several large New York law firms.
The GPDP is off to a great start in its first year and looks forward to providing many more opportunities for students and alumni to polish their resumes and conduct effective job searches.
Program for Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows Remains RobustFordham Law gives our Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows the opportunity to share their research with colleagues. Below is a sampling of recent presentations given by our visitors:
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